Richard H. Graves

Podiatry School 1992


It's National Small Business Week and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is honoring small business owners and entrepreneurs for their critical contributions to America's economy.

"National Small Business Week honors the innovators who take a risk on an idea, invest in their communities and create jobs. Their skills and creativity not only support their own families, they make our neighborhoods vibrant places to live and work and fuel our nation’s economic strength."

Everyday, small business owners like Dr. Richard Graves are working on growing their business, and in turn give back to their community by providing local jobs that strengthen the local economy.

Long Beach local podiatrist, Richard H. Graves and his experience of owning his own podiatry practice.

Thirty years ago my journey began with my love of running and helping others. This fueled my desire to become a Sports Podiatrist, so I attended California College of Podiatric Medicine.

Today, as a small business owner of a podiatry practice, Sol Foot & Ankle Centers in Long Beach, CA, I enjoy the flexibility of creating my own schedule and being able to help people with their foot problems. 

Often times, as a podiatrist, many of my patient's walk into my practice with foot pain, but, as a result of something I am able to do for them, they leave pain-free and with a smile on their face.

The trend in medicine is towards big business and making healthcare a numbers game. However, I will always love being a small practice owner where the needs of my patients are the most important thing.

Celebrate #smallbusinessweek by using local services and shopping local.

Did you know?

According to the SBA:

  • There are more than 28 million small businesses in the U.S.
  • More than 1/2 of Americans either own or work for a small business.
  • Small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.


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